Codicote's pride at beating Lions

PUBLISHED: 10:26 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 26 October 2009

Mark Anderson on the ball

Mark Anderson on the ball

Herts Senior County League Premier Division Codicote 2 London Lions 0 CODICOTE got back to winning ways on Saturday with an impressive 2-0 victory against London Lions. Dan Kennoy s side bounced back from the previous week s 1-0 defeat to Park Street Vi

Herts Senior County League Premier Division

Codicote 2 London Lions 0

CODICOTE got back to winning ways on Saturday with an impressive 2-0 victory against London Lions.

Dan Kennoy's side bounced back from the previous week's 1-0 defeat to Park Street Village by claiming all three points at Bury Lane.

Codicote's recent form has seen them only suffer one loss in their last six league games and they have distanced themselves from the foot of the table and closed the gap on the top half of the Herts Senior County Premier Division.

With a top half of the table finish a realistic target for manager Kennoy, a win against local rivals Knebworth this Saturday is a must.

Kennoy said: "We've done well of late in the league, considering there has been a lot of chopping and changing to the squad.

"We travel to neighbours Knebworth this week, who themselves have picked up their results in the last few weeks.

"It'll be a tough game but one we should be looking to take something from."

Goals from Mark Anderson and Carl Smith were enough for the village side to overcome London Lions on Saturday.

Russell Pugh, Matt Godby and Kennoy himself returned to the backline as defenders Liam Castle, Grant MacAree, Gareth Hopkins and Ashley Daniels had all picked up knocks the previous weekend.

Codicote's injury woes continued when striker Richard Griffiths hobbled off after 20 minutes to be replaced by Jason Anderson.

Tony Wells did manage to find the back of the net on the half hour but his goal was ruled offside, even though a Lions defender flicked the pass into the home captain's path.

A solid defensive first-half performance from both sides saw the game tied 0-0 at the interval.

Codicote certainly had the more difficult task in the second half with the wind against them.

But the home side stepped up their game and played the ball out from the back and created some great chances, Jason Anderson coming close on several occasions.

It was Jason Anderson that started the move in which is brother Mark converted after 15 minutes of the second half.

He rolled his defender and slipped a pass through to Errol Reyner on the left.

Reyner delivered a perfect cross to the far post for Mark Anderson to slide in with a diving header to give the Bury Lane side a goal advantage.

A goal down, Lions committed more and more men forward and the Codicote defence marshalled by player-manager Kennoy held strong.

Lions' gung-ho approach to get back in the game soon proved to be their downfall.

Smith managed to skip past his marker on the halfway line and raced through to beat the advancing Lions keeper to give his side a two-goal advantage.

The win saw Codicote leapfrog Sandridge into ninth spot in the table.

Kennoy added: "It was a real team performance.

"Before the game I asked everyone to concentrate on their own individual jobs and let the result take care of itself.

"Every single person did exactly as I asked. It's not often a manager can say that.

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